Thanksgiving is known to be the most delicious time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. It can take hours, or even days to prepare the perfect meal for the family to guiltlessly feast upon. Avoid the stress and allow these well-known bakeries to make the preparation a little bit easier for you. Listed below are a handful of Tampa area pies that never disappoint!
Pane Rustica - Since it's opening in July 1999, Pane Rustica has been an ultimate success. All of their foods are made from scratch, using a hardwood grill. The holidays are their busiest season due to the phenomenal pies that they have to offer. Some specialty items include the cranberry blueberry pie, a pumpkin cheesecake that is claimed to be the best pie around, the traditional pecan pie, and traditional pumpkin pie. These affordable pies will leave your taste buds satisfied, and you won't be able to resist getting seconds. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday.
Cakes By Carolynn - This fabulous bakery has been around for quite some time. They first opened in the year 1990, and have been become very popular for their satisfying cakes and pies. They offer many special pies from pumpkin, chocolate french silk, peanut butter fudge, key lime, fruit pies, and more! Customers love their pumpkin pie because of it's unique taste from other bakeries. Hurry in now because they will be closed for the holiday beginning November 21 at 3:00 pm, and will re-open November 27 at 9:00 am. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Mike's Pies - Selling between 4,000 and 6,000 pies each week, Mike's Pies are a big hit in the Tampa Bay area. All of their pies are hand made with no preservatives, and each one has it's own special touch. A couple of holiday favorites are the Granny Apple Crisp and Reese's Peanut Butter Pie. Either way, Mike's Pies has a variety of pies to choose from that will leave you satisfied. Hurry in now, if you spend $100 or more you get 20% off! Their hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weeknights, and until 10:30 p.m. weekends.
Chocolate Pi - Another bakery that is specifically known for their cakes, but is famous for their heart-warming pies during the holidays. Seasonal goodies include pecan pies, chocolate pies, apple and lemon, as well as a self-indulgent pumpkin cheesecake. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 6pm.